The CSU Student Research Competition (SRC) is the premier showcase for student research in the CSU. Undergraduate and Graduate students are eligible to participate in the SRC. Each CSU campus is allowed up to 10 projects. Projects can be individually or multiply authored.

At CI, the Student Research Advisory Committee (SRAC) is responsible for choosing the projects that represent CI at the SRC. Selections are made in two rounds. In the first round, faculty nominate projects for consideration. Faculty review the entry for suitableness. In round two, students submit a full research summary. Projects forwarded to the competition are determined by an interdisciplinary panel chosen by SRAC. See details below.

In 2020 the Student Research Competition will be held at Cal State East Bay.

The submissions link for 2020 proposals is now closed.

SRC 2020 Timeline

  • March 1, 2020: complete research summaries are due
  • March 8, 2020: selections are announced
  • Students revise after consulting the Multiliteracy and Writing Center
  • March 15, 2020: submission of final research summaries
  • April 2020: students prepare oral presentations
  • April 24-25, Student Research Competition

Submission Guidelines

Students must submit a five-page research summary. The format of the summary is prescribed by the SRC.

The research summary must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • It is limited to 5 pages of text, double-spaced.
  • 3 additional pages are allowed for a bibliography, figures, tables, and/or graphics
  • Student authors should keep in mind that they are writing for an interdisciplinary audience

The 5-page summaries are judged by panels including a subcommittee composed of members of the SRAC, with the assistance of faculty drawn from other disciplines.

Panels use the first six of the SRC's categories assigning each project a score within each category. They then summarize feedback providing anonymous comments for the students and faculty advisors.

The SRSC determines the CI team, taking into account: 1) the panels’ assessments of the research summaries and 2) the goal of fielding a team that is broadly representative of academic disciplines.

Competition Categories

  • Clarity of Purpose
  • Appropriateness of Methodology
  • Value of Research or Creative Activity
  • Ability to Articulate the Research or Creative Activity
  • Organization of the Presented Materials
  • Interpretation of Results
  • Ability to Handle Questions

Scoring Guidelines

  • Superlative: 15
  • Excellent: 12 – 14
  • Very Good: 9 – 11
  • Good: 6 – 8
  • Fair: 3 – 5
  • Poor: 0 – 2
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